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      05.03.2015 20:57
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      quiting sugar

      Being diabetic im always interested in trying low sugar recipes
      I recently bought this on kindle then saw it in a charity shop for £1.50 so I am reviewing both formats


      **How useful is it **
      Most of the recipes are also gluten free which makes this very useful for me. I liked how it was a gradual plan , it can be easier to plans like this a step at a time instead of all at once.

      **Value for money**
      The book has plenty of recipes which are easy to follow - I don't think of myself as being that great at cooking/baking so I always say if I can follow the instructions and make the product it must be easy to do.

      I think that the authors reading style is very easy to follow , its quite casual.

      I found some of the ingredients are less common but from previous detoxes etc I already had them or knew where to get them. Some of them I had to get from amazon as my local asda/Tesco didn't stock. I also found that the a few recipes would then use the same ingredients so its not like you are buying anything just to use it in the one recipe then have it left in your cupboard.

      **Good about kindle version**
      Good for reading on the go

      **Good about book**
      I think its easier to read recipes etc when they are in a book over the kindle version


      **Price**
      The kindle version costs £3.59 and the paperback £7.49

      There are 2 versions of this book. This one is more the beginners book as it easies you in. I do recommend this.

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      28.02.2015 22:34
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      Bedtime cuppa

      In the past I have enjoyed herbal teas such as whittards dream time but it's very sugary so I have been looking for alternatives and this is one of the ones I picked

      **Price and where to buy**
      This cost £2.25 for 20 (march 2015) from clippers own site. This costs £1.50 at asda and they are currently the cheapest . I think 7-8p a teabag is nice and cheap. This brand is a bit more expensive than your supermarket one but I do think the flavours tend to be a bit better.

      **The brand**
      Clipper Is a tea and coffee brand. I do drink quite a lot of tea and would rate this brand as quite cheap - maybe next brand up from supermarkets own. Its quite widely available in shops and I have found cafes often stock it as well. Their tagline is that all their products are pure and natural - nothing with artificial ingredients.

      I don't always mention packaging on these types of reviews but I quite liked how the packaging had a nighttime feel. I also like how each teabag is wrapped individually.

      **Product description**
      **organic chamomile, lemon balm and lavender infusion. Just the thing before lights out.**

      When I first add water I tend to notice a camomile and mint smell. It does taste weird to start with but so does a lot of herbal tea. Its not a bad taste once you get used to it. This makes for a very relaxing cup of tea. I don't know about its claims to help sleep as my days are pretty busy anyway but it does help me to relax.

      I do recommend this brand as a nice healthy alternative to other drinks

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    • Teapigs Everyday Brew / Tea / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      28.02.2015 20:58
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      A great tasting tea

      I first tried this when I received it "free" with a beautybox. I liked it so included it in a recent teapigs order.

      **About the brand**
      Teapigs is a rainforest alliance certified brand . I think the prices are pretty average . They mainly seem to be online.

      **Product summary**
      Perfectly balanced blend with a malty, zesty, rich strength
      •Drink with milk, add sugar if particularly hungover
      •Ingredients: Black tea from Rwanda, Assam and Ceylon
      •Naturally contains caffeine
      •Rainforest alliance certified

      ==Our signature blend and our equivalent to an everyday "builders brew"a gutsy Assam, a mellow Ceylon and a powerful Rwandan tea.
      Tea temple: 1 per person. HOT: Infuse in boiling water. Brew for 3 plus minutes. ICED: Just cover one tea temple with boiling water and infuse for 3 minutes. Remove temple and top-up glass with iced water. Garnish with lemon. ==


      I think that it tastes stronger/sweeter than my normal brand - I don't take sugar anyway but I do normally take milk. I think this has a nice "zesty" taste without milk.
      I don't think that this has much of a smell
      The description for this is great - quite a strong tea. Ive never had it cold as it tastes so nice hot..

      **Price and where to get**
      This can be purchased from amazon for as low as £8.50 for a pack of 50 making it 17p a teabag
      On the actual teapigs website it costs £7.10 for 250g of loose tea and costs around 9p a cup.
      I haven't seen it in any of my local shops.

      I think the second option is good value but I cant always be bothered with faffing about with loose tea. Both options are still more expensive than Tetley which is my normal brand (well the way I stockpile it when its on offer)
      If I was needing to buy teabags and Tetley was not on offer I would choose this.

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    • Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter / Body Care / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      27.02.2015 22:50

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      Expensive body butter

      This was a sample I've received either as a gift with purchase or a beauty box in the last year.

      **The brand**
      Clinque is quite a high end brand. There products can be purchased direct from their website or from department stores such as Debenhams,house of fraiser etc

      **Price and where to get**
      A 200ml tub of this costs £25.
      Mine is not a full size - it only contained 40ml . I do travel quite regularly and prefer to take travel sizes of products with me instead

      Not sure about the value for money - the way I slap body butters and lotions on I don't think I full size would last me more than a month - I apply twice a day and my skin just soaks it up. £25 a month would be a bit much.

      **How to Use**
      • Apply liberally to clean, towel-dried areas of the body after showering, bathing or whenever skin needs a moisture boost.
      • Not intended for face or neck.

      **In use**
      So I use body butter twice to day over the cold months. When it gets a bit warmer I switch to once a day with a body lotion in the morning.
      This product is really rich and creamy and I have found that it sinks into my skin very quickly. The product does not feel at all greasy on my skin.
      This leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated.
      I like how the smell on this is very light so that it doesn't mix with anything that I spray on top of it. I tend to wear perfumes most days and find that other body butters such as the body shop sometimes mix with what I put on.



      **Do I recommend **
      As much as I love clinque I think when it comes to skin care other brands such as the body shop do fantastic body butters at much better prices.

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      27.02.2015 22:31
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      Expensive perfume :P

      I went and bought this after reading some reviews on it.

      **The brand**
      Generally quite an expensive designer brand. Not one I have much experience with - normally far too expensive for me!

      **Price and where to get**
      As I have quite a lot of perfume I just bought the 30ml. This cost me £40 from Debenhams but looking online prices seem to go from around £35. This can be bought from john lewis, house of fraser etc

      **Bottle design**
      My bottle is the same as the one in the picture. I think it looks quite classy fitting in with my perception of the brand. The bottle design is quite unique in that I cant think of any other brands that have a bottle like it. The bottle design is used on a few prada perfumes with the main difference between bottles being the colour. I quite like that as it makes it recognisable with the brand.

      **Notes**
      Top notes: Limoncello
      Heart notes: Peony
      Base notes: Musk, Benzoin, Caramel

      I think it starts off as being quite a soft and musky scent. I think the overall scent is of the peony . Its a nice scent but not my favourite.

      This has quite a winter scent

      Smell lasts a good 4-6 hours. Its not too heavy nor too light.

      Even though it is a quite light I would still recommend this as a day or night perfume.

      I don't think I would buy this, I'm a fan of trying new perfumes with there being very few perfumes I get twice.

      I think with the price I would recommend this as a perfume to buy for a special occasion such as a mothers day present ,

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      27.02.2015 21:02
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      Good furniture

      I had been wanting some new furniture for what felt like ages! originally I had looked at getting white - I liked the idea of the wicker style basket ones you could get however after purchasing one that was described as extra large which could fit very little in it I decided to look at other ideas. I knew someone who was selling this plus a few other pieces and after they promised that it had deep drawers I decided to buy it from them.

      **Ikea**
      Not living near an ikea ive never understood why several friends and family love it so much. I mean if you buy from the website they charge you a picking fee and a postage fee and then extra for the area I live in . I do understand peoples love for the brand more after getting my furniture


      **The unit**
      I bought mine second hand so don't have any experience of what it was like to buld
      Nice and sturdy 4 drawer unit. I do like how the drawers are nice and deep so that you get a decent amount of clothes in them,
      I think the unit looks quite stylsh and modern.
      It currently costs £55.
      The size once built -
      Width: 80 cm
      Depth: 48 cm
      Height: 100 cm

      **The range**
      I also got 2 two drawer units to go with this plus a unit. Looking on the website there are other items that also go with this such as a desk and wardrobe.

      Nice modern furniture that seems to be quite sturdy .The range has a good selection . Prices are good considering the quality

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    • Teapigs Chocolate Tea / Tea / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      27.02.2015 20:15
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      A nice treat

      I recently treated myself to a teapigs sample pack . In this I got 12 teas for £15 (plus postage and packaging)

      **Price**
      The pack I got only had the 2 teabags and cost £1.20 . 60p a teabag isn't exactly good value however I think it was a a fair enough price to try something out. A pack of 15 costs £3.99 on the website which makes it a more reasonable cost of 27p per teabag. Its even cheaper on amazon at £3.94 on subscribe and save (would drop by another 15% if you subscribe to a few items).(£3.53)

      **The brand**
      Teapigs are Rainforest Alliance certified - they use "green" packaging etc

      **Packaging**
      The teabags have that feel silky feel- I cant think what its called but you sometimes get them with clothes or in boxes with furniture. okay so bad description im sure someone will come along that will help with the correct name. :P

      **The tea**

      ==Assam tea with real flakes of chocolate, not sickly sweet hot chocolate, a far more sophisticated tea and chocolate combo.
      Tea temple: 1 per person. HOT: Infuse in boiling water. Brew for 3 plus minutes. Whole leaves take longer to brew, but the little wait is definitely worth it. Indulgent long brew and full fat milk, much more satisfying than a hot choc. ICED: Just cover one tea temple with boiling water and infuse for 3 minutes. Remove temple and top-up glass with iced water.==
      Organic, Fat Free, Suitable for Vegans, No Added Sugar
      Being diabetic the no added sugar was a big bonus for me. For a few years I have been buying whittards tea but that stuff has a lot of sugar!

      Its nice to have something with a chocolate taste so you feel like you are having a treat but without the calories
      Having tried it both ways I prefer this one iced. its something unusual but nice.
      Not as keen on this hot . I tried it first without milk and then with to try and improve it.

      I thought this was a nice iced tea and recommend buying the 12 pack to try the flavours out.

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      27.02.2015 17:28
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      Seriously good book

      **Reason for purchase**
      Im not actually coeliac as I can eat small amounts of gluten and wheat without any problems.. the main factor being small amounts . I had other books which were designed more like a paperback book so it wasn't very easy to follow and it didn't have any pictures.

      **Degree of information**
      The book contained an introduction with information about coeliac disease. Chances are if you are coeliac there will be no new information . It was informative enough without being too long. If anyone reading this review doesn't know what being coeliac is it is a lifelong autoimmune disease affecting the gut and other parts of the body.
      I liked how it had a summary of symptoms of the disease as well as foods without and a list of foods that contain wheat or gluten.

      **How easy was it to read**
      The book is laid out in easy to read sections
      Breakfasts, smoothies and drinks
      snacks and quick food
      outdoors
      salads,dressings and quick fixes
      parties and entertaining
      vegetarian
      cakes ,pastries ,biscuits and desserts


      The book also had summary boxes at the beginning of each recipe with how many it served,prep time and cooking time. I think this is great being able to see at a glance

      **How interesting was the book/how useful**
      I felt the book contained plenty of recipes . The ones I have tried have been easy to follow and none of them have asked for any weird ingredients. Nothing difficult to make so you wouldn't need to be an expert cook.
      The results have also tasted good.
      I liked the layout - font size etc is easy to follow whilst making the recipes. There wasn't photos for every recipe but I don't think they need it.

      **Would you read again**
      Yes . I do have other gluten free recipe books but this one is laid out nicer.

      **Price and where to get**
      I paid £1.80 from a charity shop. The rrp is £19.99 and on amazon it costs £13.59.
      It is a bit high compared to other gluten free books but it is one of the best I have used

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      23.02.2015 21:28
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      Lovely smelling hands

      I'm a massive fan of bath and bodyworks hand gel but it's not the most convenient to buy so when I saw these in boots on 3 for 2 I decided to give them a try

      Soap and glory seems to come under the category of premium/luxury beauty in boots. As much as I like it I would describe it as being mid brand other than luxury- maybe ive just got expensive tastes.

      As you can see in my photo it's bigger than the 1 I normally get but this is still a relatively small product - good for putting in your pocket for on the go

      **Packaging**
      This comes in a clear bottle with a clippy lid. Its the same way a lot of this type of product comes packaged.

      When you look at it in the bottle it does appear to be too runny but the consistency is fine when you rub it into your hands and afterwards your hands dry quickly.
      I find if I use any hand gel a lot my hands do feel a little on the dry side so I normally follow with a hand cream. This goes nice with the soap and glory "hand food"

      Smell - I think that this smells lovely - it has the soap and glory smell. A very fresh fruity scent.


      This costs around £2.50 which is a bit high when you think you can get bog standard ones for £1 and they are double the size. Its about the same price as the normal ones I get however .Yes im paying extra for a nicer smelling one but I don't mind.

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      22.02.2015 21:10
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      Refreshing for feet

      Now I normally buy the german brand gerwohl foot products but since I had this in my "stash" I thought I would try and use it up lol.

      **Price**
      This is a body shop product. Im pretty sure I purchased this in a gift set about this time last year. A 60ml bottle currently costs £3 and the 250ml costs £8..there is a current promo on when you buy 2 items you get another free(feb 2015)

      **Packaging**
      This is standard bottle with a clippy lid . As I have got nearer the end of the product it has been more awkward to get the product out . I have got round this by having it standing upside down . Its not designed for that but it will actually sit that way.

      **Smell**
      This has a nice peppermint smell . Its not overly strong but I think if you had smelly feet that it would cover the smell.

      **Does it absorb**
      Yes it does and quite quickly as well. My favourite way to use this is to apply it then put cotton socks on so it can soak into my skin.

      Working in a job where I tend to be on my feet all day plus I walk to work and back my feet can get a bit "achy This instantly refreshes my feet and feels nice and cooling. I also like how this helps the heels of my feet feel less dry.


      Overall a good alternative to what I normally get. I do recommend this as it is so much easier to get a hold off/delivery times and it can often be found on offer.

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      22.02.2015 20:49

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      Maintains frizz free hair

      So going through my hair products I came across a 25ml bottle of this and decided to stick it in my travel bag to use.

      **About the brand**
      I think this is a quite well known hair care brand. Over the years ive went through quite a few of these down to being able to pick them up cheaply .

      **Price and where to buy**
      This costs about £6 from various places such as boots, asda, Tesco..Can often be found in 3 for 10 type offers. The only time I have seen the 25ml which I have is in a giftset.

      **Packaging**
      The product comes in a tube with a pump dispenser. This makes the product easy to use and to get the correct amount out the bottle.

      **In use**
      To use this it is recommended that it is used on wet hair . The instructions then tell you to apply a pea sized amount to the palm of your hands and rub together to make it easier to apply evenly to your hair.
      I have quite fine dry hair and loads of it -Its amazing how such a little amount can go a long way. It leaves my hair feeling soft but not greasy.
      I think if you were to apply too much of this then this could make your hair feel greasy- it does feel a bit greasy when you apply some of the product onto your skin.
      I don't think that this has much of a smell .
      I like how this is quite a light product so it doesn't feel like there is a ton of product on your hair.


      Its kind of hard to say just how good something is when my hair wasn't that bad to start with . it doesn't have any bad effects that ive noticed . It maintains the soft, frizz free hair I have (note without any products I do get frizz so this works the same as other products that I use)

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      22.02.2015 14:38
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      least they smell nice

      Having such dry skin I'm not a big fan of face wipes however I received these in a soap and glory box late last year so decided to give them a try.

      **Packaging**
      An average face wipe packet, at the minute they seem to be resealing quite well which is stopping the product from drying out. The pack is quite compact which makes it suitable for travel.

      **Product claims**
      3 in 1 daily purifying cloths - cleanse ,tone and with a bit of pressure will exfoliate.

      **In use**
      My first thoughts were that these smell quite nice. A fresh clean smell not overpowering. This is supposed to smell like the peaches and clean cleanser.

      I think that me using these last thing to get rid of make up works quite well . I think if I used these twice a day my skin would feel too dry .it leaves a little dry so I still put on night cream after so not a complete all in 1.

      I like these more than other face wipes that I have tried as they don't leave my skin feeling too dry, they also don't feel like they exfoliate as much though.

      These cost £4.50 for a pack of 25 from boots and are currently on 3 for the price of 2. I think this is average for a branded pack of face wipes however having tried the likes of boots/superdrugs own brand where it costs £1 for the same amount I am unlikely to go out and buy these - the amount I normally use it would be a waste. I did however like the smell and would be more likely to try the other products in the skin care range.

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      21.02.2015 21:47
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      what a slick colour

      This is one of the first colours I ever tried from urban decay - it was in the sustainability palette .

      Urban Decay have such a wide range of colours. Some of which are limited edition, only in certain palettes or only available on their own. This colour is part of the permanent range and is also in a palette.

      **The brand**
      Urban Decay is a bunny friendly brand. Most of the products are suitable for vegans.

      **The range**
      Urban Decay have a wide range of colours- some only come in palettes, some individually and others have been available both ways. There are currently 67 shades on their website. Each one costs £14- I always recommend getting a palette over the individual shades.

      Palettes- this comes in the ammo palette and sustainability palette -possibly others but this is what I can think off.

      I don't often buy the shades on their own especially since I have it in at least 2 palettes but I wanted it on its own to make it travel friendly.

      This colour has great pigmentation . However this like a lot of Urban Decay with glitter there is some fallout. This is minimised if you apply a primer first.

      They used to have an eyeliner version of this which is now discontinued . I love this shade as an eyeliner so I think its a shame however as long as you don't use it in the water line it still makes a good eyeliner - a thin brush like a lipliner brush will help with this.
      It is a dark black/grey with glitter colour so I don't use it much as a daytime look -well not all over anyway. It also makes a nice crease colour.
      This lasts a good amount of time - around 8 hours/.

      A good colour with multiple uses. Worth the £14!

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      18.02.2015 21:37
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      Not great

      Going through my "stash" I came across a botanics gift set I received not last Christmas but the year before. Since it was travel sized I decided to use it on a night away.

      Im not sure if this can be purchased anymore -from boots anyway. it is on ebay.

      The packaging for these are pretty standard. The packaging is clear with a label stating the product name and has a clippy lid which the product stands on. I think I have managed to get every last bit out.

      Smell - This actually almost put me off the product as a few years back I went through a 600 ml body butter tub that felt never ending in a why wont you die sort of way. It does have a very fresh, natural clean sort of scent,

      The product range claims to hydrate and refresh skin which is something im always keen to try as my skin seems to stay quite dry all year round, Using the entire range which included this the body butter and body balm my skin felt quite soft ,moisturised and refreshed. Whist it had a clean smell it was a natural clean smell not a clean clean smell, not quite sure how to describe what I mean . I think what I mean is that the smell didn't give confidence that it would stay for hours

      You don't need much of this as it lathers up quite well

      This has not caused me any skin problems - sometimes products can cause spots underneath my arms or something will make my psoriasis etc worse but this has been fine.

      I don't recommend because of the smell plus I think there are other body washes that work better.

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      18.02.2015 00:02
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      I smell nice!

      Crabtree and Evelyn are quite a "posh brand". They offer a wide range of items such as toiletries, perfume , men's products and food. I don't know why I find that weird but being mainly body products then food. . I don't think mmmm crabtree and evelyn I must order some biscuits but never mind

      **The range*
      The lily range is quite big with perfume ,body lotion,soap, hand wash , room spray .There are 14 different items altogether

      **Price**
      This costs £15 for 250ml - I think this is a bit high for what it is.

      Scent- smells like the rest of the range which is a nice springtime scent. Very fresh and quite light. Not at all overpowering . This is a nice daytime smell . A bit of a floral scent but not what you would find on your granny - a fresh lily smell.

      This is a bath and shower gel so I don't think anyone really needs a how to use but I find a little bit of this goes quite far. I just put onto a shower puff and it lathers well.
      The product description says that it can also be used for bubbles but I don't think I would want to waste it by pouring it into the bath
      I also like how the product is free of parabens, phthaletes, propylene glycol, and mineral oil. Don't get me wrong if I receive a product with parabens etc I do still use but when it comes to purchasing myself I try and avoid them.

      **Would I buy**
      As much as I have enjoyed the range and would get other products from it. I don't think I would get this again due to the rrp. Its nice but there are others I like more such as soap and glory etc

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